Encore in the Media and Other News
Playworks founder — and Encore Fast Pitch Finalist — Jill Vialet makes a strong case in this Atlantic piece for how play affects our social mores, and why the Playworks model works.
Remember the Brownsville (Brooklyn) middle school that drew considerable media heat (and a cool $1.4 million in donations) when a viral Humans of New York post featured a student praising his principal? Now, read our colleague Helen Zelon’s interview with Principal Nadia Lopez, who’s inspiring her “scholars” to take over the world.
We’re delighted to watch Lester Strong talk about AARP Experience Corps in this interview with award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, during the 5th annual American Graduate Day — a weeklong celebration of the champions who are keeping students on the path to graduation.
Read what Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging chair and Encore.org board member Paul Irving told TIME Magazine on how a person’s outlook and social ties affect the way we age. And don’t miss Irving’s interview with Bruce Frankel in the LPN Quarterly, for a free-wheeling conversation about everything from changing the narrative of aging to the moral necessity of aging with purpose.
Early results from a new study we’re conducting with the Stanford School of Graduate Education, called “Pathways to Encore Purpose,” show that about a third of encore-stage adults are purposeful “beyond the self” — and are involved with a diverse range of issues in their communities.
This CNN story describes how 2009 Purpose Prize winners Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman turned pain into purpose after their son’s death on 9/11. And in another September 11-themed piece, Eisner Foundation CEO Trent Stamp describes how the anniversary offers an opportunity for both remembrance and opportunity, as it coincided with National Grandparents Day this year.
In her new TED Talk, our friend Courtney Martin describes the new American Dream — an opportunity to define a new approach to work and family that emphasizes community and creativity. And check out Martin’s new book “The New Better Off,” which addresses the question: What makes a good life in the 21st century?
Our CEO Marc Freedman and President Ann MacDougall were busy on the speaking circuit recently, at both the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in NYC, and SOCAP16, respectively. Here’s a little taste of their talks:
— Maura Kelly (@MauraKellyMedia) September 20, 2016
— Antoinette LeCouteur (@antoinettesf) September 14, 2016
Finally, to kick off the first day of fall, check out what we’re listening to, from Adele to Spanish pop, and everything in-between! Follow Encore.org’s 2016 Fall Playlist here on Spotify: bit.ly/encore2016fallplaylist. (Note: you’ll need to login to your account to access the playlist).
What We’re Reading (and Watching)
Karen Sughrue: Less is More for Psychotherapist Sughrue
Encore.org’s Social Action Pick of the Week
Our friends at The Christian Science Monitor are launching a new section called “EqualEd,” which is focused on addressing inequality in and beyond the classroom. Some 6.5 million kids miss more than 15 days of school each year, and one solution is right in front of us — caring adults, who can help keep kids on track. Learn more here, and consider mentoring in your encore career.